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Re: Emus a Model for Dinosaurs?



For an extended discussion of such matters, see Farlow et al., 2000,
American Zoologist.  Lots of data on trackways, limb proportions, etc.
in ground birds and non-avian dinosaurs.

>>> Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com> 10/27/2006 9:56 AM >>>
Andreas Johansson wrote:

>Aren't neornithine leg mechanics quite different from those of
"classical" 
>theropods?

Yes, exactly right.  In neornithean birds stride generation occurs at
the 
distal femur, which is held near-horizontally (except during fast
running).  
The DML Archives has a lot on this.

Cheers

Tim

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